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Feb. 6, 2014 Bulldog sports round-up

BASKETBALL

Girls fall in conference play

Miami Valley School got the best of the Yellow Springs High School girls basketball team on Friday. The Lady Bulldogs, coming off of three straight wins, couldn’t stop Miami Valley freshman Tia Karras, who scored almost half of the Rams’ 45 points. The final score was 45–32, with YSHS freshman Elizabeth Smith leading her team with 12 points. Kennedy Harshaw scored 11. The Lady Bulldogs are now 8–8 (5–4 in the MBC).

8th-grade boys goes 2–2

The McKinney eighth-grade boys basketball team continued to improve over the week. They played four home games, winning two and losing two in the closing minutes. In the words of one of the parents, “they were heartbreakers,” as the young Bulldogs battled to the end, according to Coach Branson Pyles.

On Wednesday, Jan. 29, McKinney won with passing and defense as they beat a Spring Valley Academy team 42–28. Riding the defense of guards Eli Schell, Clay Cooper, and Christian Elam, the Bulldogs took control of the game in the third quarter, holding Spring Valley to just two points. Great passing by Elam and Tony Marinelli and rebounding by Jalen Lewis, Nasseem Chappele and Marinelli kept Spring Valley at bay. Scoring for the Bulldogs were Marinelli with 17 points and James Browning with 20 points.

On Thursday Jan. 30, the second-place Miami Valley School came to town and left relieved as the Bulldogs had played well in the final two quarters but lost at the very end, 45–41. After giving up the first 10 points of the third quarter, the Bulldog defense stepped up the pressure, steals, and blocks. But with 22 turnovers, most unforced, it was too much of a hurdle to overcome for the home team, even though they dominated the boards with 53 total rebounds. Scoring for the Bulldogs with many clutch shots at the end, were Browning with 25 and Marinelli with 12.

On Saturday Feb. 1, the Middletown Christian team came to the YSHS gym and were outplayed by the Bulldogs, who played their most complete game of the year. McKinney was up 42–21 at halftime against a foe they lost to earlier in the season. The final score was 68–44 for McKinney. Marinelli had 14 assists along with 18 points and the recipient of those pinpoint passes was Browning, with 38 points.

On Monday Feb. 3, the Bulldogs had flashes of their great basketball potential but were plagued with turnovers (24 turnovers) which Emmanuel Christian converted on. The Bulldogs continued with great effort through the disappointing downturns and were in the game until the last minute, but Emmanuel Christian won 60–56. Browning finished with 36 points and Marinelli had 19.

7th-grade boys win two straight

The McKinney seventh-grade boys basketball team knocked off Miami Valley and Middletown Christian last week to improve to 7–3 on the season.

Miami Valley was in trouble from the opening jump ball on Thursday, Jan. 30. Trey Anderson guided the ball to Elliot Wiggins. Wiggins kept his head up and passed ahead to Teymour Fultz who used the backboard to give the Bulldogs a 2–0 lead. After the team’s initial score, the defense clamped down led by Anderson with three blocks and Will Midtbo with three steals. Noah Krier, Jason Lansing, and Dylan Rainey applied defensive pressure to the Rams throughout the game. William Gregor and Josh Williams both broke into the scoring column and helped secure a 32–7 victory for the Bulldogs.

In a hotly contested battle on Saturday against Middletown Christian, the Bulldogs led throughout the game and earned a 40–36 victory as time on the clock expired. Stingy defense and “sharing the sugar” on offense served as the formula that led to the win, according to Coach Jason Shea. Andrew Clark dished out six assists and scored 20 points. Anderson chipped in with 12 points and anchored the defense from the center position.

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